Ear ache – No More!

Hi everybody, how’s the weather where you are at?  No matter what it is I bet you or someone you know has had a cold!  Well if you have then you know how miserable they can be.  I use my Breath Easy to get relief.  Last week my daughter had a cold but this time her ears started to bother her.  She kept saying that one of them hurt and it was hard to hear from.  So I did what I always do: I Googled!  I looked at many ideas on how to treat ear aches naturally and decided that ear drops are probably the best way to start since the drops will hit the spot that’s hurting.  Weighing out the different options for ingredients I went with garlic and mullein infused olive oil.  Here’s why:  Olive oil, absorbs well and long shelf life. Garlic is antibacterial and antiviral as well as reduces swelling ( you can find that information here and here.)  Mullein is antibacterial as well (read it here).

Does it work?  Heck ya!  After one application to each ear my daughters symptoms totally disappeared. This is my go-to from here on out for earaches!  Want to make it?  Ok, here we go!

First, get your ingredients

Olive oil, mullein, garlic and bottle with dropper.

Olive oil, mullein, garlic and bottle with dropper.

In pan add 1/4 cup dried mullein

1/4 cup Mullein

1/4 cup Mullein

Then add 5-6 chopped garlic cloves (I forgot to chop them, easily distracted at times I guess )

5 garlic cloves

5 garlic cloves

Then add  just enough olive oil to cover

Olive oil to cover

Olive oil to cover

Then turn to low for 30 minutes.  My pans get too hot so I did 15, rest off burner and 15 more on low009

15 minutes on low twice or once for 30 minutes

15 minutes on low twice or once for 30 minutes

Now all you need to do is strain it and I do it like this.  Put unbleached muslin over big measuring cup (easier to pour from), pour oil in and let strain by hanging from a doorknob.  Ring out all the good stuff  once it’s cool too.

See how gravity pulls all the oil out?  Once it's cooled and done dripping I squeeze all the oil out that I can!

See how gravity pulls all the oil out? Once it’s cooled and done dripping I squeeze all the oil out that I can!

Pour into bottle and label

I made more then I needed!

I made more then I needed!

I covered the smaller bottle’s label with packing tape because I wanted to warm it up slightly before using.

To use you just warm up lightly (do not get hot or it will hurt).  Lay on side with affected ear facing up and drop in 3-5 drops of oil.  Leave in for 5 minutes and then put a washrag over ear and flip over so that gravity can help it drain back out. Rub oil around ear if desired to soak in and get max benefits.  Repeat every few hours as needed.  Store in a cool dark place an it should last for quite a while.

I hope you enjoyed this blog and I answered all your questions.  Feel free to comment or ask a question!

Busy, busy, busy!

Sorry it’s been awhile since I posted but I am working on things that I want to post about.

There are two peppers hiding on this little plant!

Hot Pepper in the flower bed (my first garden)

Gardening is one of my passions and although March has just begun I am already fully into this years garden. I want to encourage you to try having a garden.  Your garden can be as big as a baseball field but I would aim smaller if it’s your first.  My advice is to start small.  My first vegetables were tomatoes and hot peppers in the flower bed.  We also had strawberries that I rescued after I mistook the ‘leaves of three’ and pulled a bunch (yes-we all have dumb moments).  That goes to show you how much I knew about plants!  Anyways, my point is you don’t need a big garden.  Plant anywhere you can, even in a flower pot on the porch if that’s all you want to do. Just make sure it gets sun, water and talk to it (yes, I talk to my plants).  What to plant?  That’s easy- what do you like to eat?  My kids get to pick one thing to go into the garden every year.  This year we have watermelon, tomatoes and okra going in for the kids. Why do it?  Healthy at a fraction of the cost, gets the kids involved and more likely to try new foods (my daughter didn’t eat tomatoes or carrots till they came from our garden).  It also feels good when you can feed your family something that you grew!  Go ahead, give it a try!  You will be rewarded!

Here are some helpful links to getting started:

Plant Hardiness Zone

Frost Dates

Seeds

Companion Planting

2012 garden

Feel free to leave me a comment and share what your growing this year.  Vegetables?  Fruit?  Herbs?